They've played Carnegie Hall and stages from coast to coast and around the world. Now, pianist Peter Kater and Tibetan
flutist Nawang Khechog will bring their one-of-a-kind show to Mancos on Wednesday.
Kater is a multi-platinum selling pianist and composer and just received a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album
for his "Faces of the Sun" recording. It's his fourth nomination in the last five years. Kater has performed in
Mancos before but not in the last five or six years, he said.
"I'll be playing some select songs in Mancos ... some of my favorite songs from my CDs and some songs I've done with
Nawang," Kater said. In his performances, he likes to "dissolve that barrier between the listener and the performer."
Kater lives in Maui, Hawaii, and has lived in many other places around the country, including Colorado.
"It feels like home," he said.
He also has played in the cultural center in Maui and at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and feels comfortable there
as well. Kater likes to describe his music as a hybrid of his classical training, some rock, with a certain jazz
"These days I don't listen to music very much. I am working on my own music most of the time. But it tends to get
thrown into the New Age category," Kater said.
He and Khechog are on tour doing concerts in June and July. They have played together before quite a bit, having been
featured at Carnegie Hall, Mexico City and througout California. But they haven't played together recently.
"We've gone our own creative ways for a while, but we're good friends," said Kater.
"What's interesting is that we find common ground creatively, personally and spiritually ... there's a kind of
Recently, Kater has embraced local Hawaiian politics and is involved in legislation to protect whales. Actor Pierce
Brosnan asked him to put together the music for a public service announcement.
"Since I moved to Maui, I've seen whales a lot and love them, and it's an exhilarating experience to get close to
them," he said.
"I don't want to just be a musician; I want my work to be meaningful and contribute in some way to humanity and the
Kater said he plans to play more upbeat numbers at the Millwood, instead of the mellow music that appears on his CDs.
"I tend to be where I am today, instead of looking at the past," said Kater.
Nawang Khechog also is a Grammy nominee and one of Tibet's foremost world music composers and musicians. He is one of
the first Tibetan musicians to be able to break into the international world music scene with his original and
authentic musical compositions to be distributed around the world through different record labels.
Khechog was a monk for 11 years and studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation with the Dalai Lama and many other
Tibetan masters. He also lived as hermit, meditating in the Himalayan foothills for several years under the guidance
of the Dalai Lama.
He tries to utilize music as a means to inspire nonviolence, compassion and spirituality and for the freedom of
Khechog has produced five albums by himself and co-produced two albums with Kater. He has also played and produced
albums with R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman.
His music has been used in various documentaries, most recently for part of the sound track of the major motion
picture "Seven Years in Tibet," directed by Jean Jacques Annaud and starring Brad Pitt. In addition to his musical
contribution on the film, he took on six different roles and was credited as a Tibetan assistant director. He also
has worked at a wide range of causes and organizations, ranging from schools, prisons, Buddhist centers and
interfaith services to the numerous benefit concerts for AIDS, environment, peace and many Tibet support groups, as
welI as the U.S. Tibetan resettlement project.